On-Off Road Motorcycle Reviews

There are a variety of bikes in this category, often termed Dual-Sport or Dual-Purpose. They look similar in many ways to dirt or MX motorcycles but are built for use on streets and highways in addition to off-road. As public land becomes scarcer and riding areas are less accessible, the street-licensed dual-sport opens up more opportunity for riding locations. As with any machine that is built for disparate purposes, Dual-Sports are always a compromise between light-weight dirt performance and comfortable street abilities. There are also two sub-categories: Adventure-Tourers, which are large dual-sports that can be taken on long trips for riders who don’t want to stop riding when the pavement ends; and there are also Supermoto bikes that are hybrids built from a dirt bike platform for racing or riding on pavement. These hooligan machines make excellent city-goers and can dismantle a tight and twisty canyon quicker than pretty much anything out there.

2011 BMW G650GS Review [Video]

BMW’s R1200GS is an icon in the adventure-touring category, but for many it’s big and unwieldy, not to mention expensive. For those shorter of stature and lighter of wallet, BMW offers the G650GS for less than half the price of its big GS brother.

2012 KTM Street Model Lineup Preview

Taking the “Ready To Race” motto to heart, 2012 sees six street models in the KTM lineup, headlined by a heavily revised RC8 R sportbike.

2012 Husqvarna Lineup Review

Husqvarna has been playing in the off-road shadows since its heyday in the late 1960s and early ’70s. But now the historic brand is making great strides in producing motorcycles that are competitive with its contemporary rivals.

Motorcycle.com Best of 2011 Awards

The motorcycles that have made their way to dealerships in the last 12 months have been category-crushing and stunningly well developed. After riding everything this year, here’s our selections of the best motorcycles of 2011.

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 & 800XC Review [Video]

The introduction of the 2011 Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC tripled Triumph’s adventure-touring line-up. The three-cylinder Tiger 800s intensify the off-road prowess of the old Tiger’s capabilities and deliver a warning shot across the bow of BMW’s F800GS.

2011 Altius Scimitar Review

The Altius Scimitar is a diesel-powered dual-sport motorcycle based on a Kawasaki KLR650 platform, and it boasts proven credentials as a US combat comrade. Can victory on the front-line help this soon-to-be-made-in-India motorcycle gain favor on US roads?

Top 10 Hottest Bikes of 2011

Now that Germany’s Intermot show and Italy’s EICMA exhibition are over, we’ve got a clear idea of the motorcycles that will be introduced over the next 12 months. We’ve whittled this list down to our 10 most anticipated bikes of 2011.

Dual-Sport Shootout: Electric vs. Gasoline!

We hear pretty regularly that electric motorcycles are the wave of the future. What about the present? To find out, we decided to pit the 2010 Zero DS Electric Dual Sport against the 2011 Yamaha WR250R in an electric vs. gasoline shootout.

2011 Yamaha WR250R Review

Yamaha’s WR250R impresses with its competent alloy chassis and low-maintenance 250cc engine. Essentially, it’s a street-legal dirtbike. If you’re more an on-road person, you may also want to look at its supermoto-style sister, the WR250X.

2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Review

Yamaha’s Super Tenere, an adventure-tourer with a 1200cc twin-cylinder engine, is set to go head to head against BMW's iconic R1200GS when it arrives in America next spring. The dual-purpose segment just got a little more interesting.

2011 Kawasaki KLR650 Review

The KLR 650 has been the top-selling dual-sport bike forever. For thousands less than other big dualies this is a competent, reliable bike that you can maintain yourself, get parts for easily and it will haul your adventurous butt to just about anywhere.

2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Preview

The U.S. adventure-touring segment expands next year with Yamaha’s decision to import the on/off-roading Ténéré for the American market. You can bet Yamaha is hoping this bike will take a big slice of the adventure touring segment away from BMW’s R1200GS.

2010 BMW F800GS Review

The F800GS may not suit hardcore adventure riders, and it retails at a fairly lofty $11,395. But if you’re looking for a very capable street bike that rides and feels like a dirt bike, you'll love the BMW F800GS.

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